Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Quotes of the Week

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

Repeat the mantra: Writing is when I make the words. Editing is when I make them not shitty.
—Chuck Wendig

A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build toward it.
—Edgar Allan Poe

Nothing teaches you as much about writing dialogue as listening to it.
—Judy Blume

Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words.
—Virginia Woolf

Writers don’t have lifestyles. They sit in little rooms and write.
—Norman Mailer

No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever.
—J.K. Rowling

Don’t ever write anything you don’t like yourself and if you do like it, don’t take anyone else’s advice about changing it. They just don’t know.
—Raymond Chandler

Be willing and unafraid to write badly, because often the bad stuff clears the way for good, or forms a base on which to build something better.
—Jennifer Egan

The way I write is really like putting one foot in front of the other. I really let the characters do most of the work, they start talking and they just lead the way.
—Quentin Tarantino

If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
—Stephen King

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hardcover

My novels are all being released in Hardcover editions!

STILL FALLING has already hit Amazon and started to sell. I am really excited about this development for some reason.

I have received a ton of requests for hardback editions. I am also very excited that libraries are now going to be able to order them.

All my titles will soon have hardcover editions.

All future titles will have them as well.

--Fun stuff!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Blog!

I am moving the Blog over to Wordpress.

It's very exciting. It is not part of my New Author Website!

     www.MartinWilsey.com

In addition to the Blog you can ask me questions, check out my other projects, check out the events where you can find me, and you can even buy signed copies and swag.

Watch for special offers and free stuff! Sign up for the Notification List!

--See you there!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Reading: 14

This week I read 14 by Peter Clines.

Here is the description from Amazon:


Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment.

Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much.

At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends.

Or the end of everything...


--I really enjoyed this book. 


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Quotes of the Week

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
—George Bernard Shaw


Stay faithful to the stories in your head.
—Paula Hawkins


There is no friend as loyal as a book.
—Ernest Hemingway


I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.
—William Shakespeare


Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
—Arthur Miller


I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
—Anne Frank


To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.
—Allen Ginsberg


The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
—Philip Roth


It is by siting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.
—Gerald Brenan


Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.
—Jules Renard


I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
—James Michener


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tuesday Tips: POV

This is an issue I always have to be careful to watch for in my own writing.


Point Of View


I am not going to go down the list of all the different kinds of POVs and their definitions. Others have done that already. Google is your friend.

I believe, that a new author has problems with drifting POV. Things like: head hopping, shifting POVs, drifting from first person to omniscient, random third person in a single scene.

All these things are tells. They show you to be the beginner. So study and understand the different POVs. This will keep you from causing reader confusion, making them fall out of the story.

All that being said...

Understand the rules and then creatively break them at will. Just be consistent within the story. I tend to do Third-person limited within each scene.  I may shift POV within the overall story but not in the same scene.

There are as many error types as POVs. This tip is all about awareness. I recommend a POV scrub. a full review of the story focusing on POV.

--You'll be glad you did.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Quotes of the week

I put a coma in this morning, took it out this afternoon.
—Oscar Wilde

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island.
—Walt Disney

Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.
—Ray Bradbury

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.
—Pablo Picasso

Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.
—Flannery O'Connor

If I'm honest I have to tell you I still read fairy tales and like them best of all.
—Audrey Hepburn

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
—Marilyn Monroe



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday Tips: Vanity Press

I received an email this morning looking for recommendations for getting published and a question about one publisher specifically.

Make sure you research any publisher in great detail before you work with them. Here are the best general rules for avoiding legal scams to get your money:

  • Authors NEVER pay for publishing.
  • They pay you. 
  • There are no "fees" in traditional publishing.
  • A legit publisher will pay you an advance on royalties in exchange for the rights to the story.
  • NEVER. PAY. A. DIME.

A vanity press will scam you to pay for all the expenses to print and distribute your book and you end up with a garage full of books. Sometime in the end to add insult to injury, they will also own the rights to your story.

Never sign a contract with a publisher without it being reviewed by your lawyer or agent. YOUR lawyer. They will even offer lawyer services for another fee.

--Run. Do not walk. Away from Vanity Publishers.



Monday, February 19, 2018

Reading: The Time Machine

Last week I read THE TIME MACHINE by H G Wells.

Here is the description from Amazon:


So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey eight hundred thousand years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H. G. Wells’s successful career. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes...and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth. There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of tomorrow as well. 

Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century. Thanks to Wells’s expert storytelling and provocative insight, The Time Machine will continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.

--Great stuff from 1895!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Quotes of the Week

If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there.
—George Harrison

Writing a novel is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
—E.L. Doctorow

When a #book is done, he has his own life and you forget about him. He goes and lives alone; he takes an apartment.
—Oriana Fallaci

This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.
—Neil Gaiman

I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart. 
—Anne Frank

I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations. They generally produce their worst work when they do that.
—David Bowie

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
—Robin Williams

Writing for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don't think anyone could have made me do it, or prevented me from doing it.
—J.K. Rowling

The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.
—Willaim Goldman

Writing is like breathing, it’s possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.
—Daphne Du Maurier


Monday, February 12, 2018

Reading: Hell Divers

This week I read HELL DIVERS by Nicholas Smith.

Here is the description from Amazon:

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

When one of the remaining airships is damaged in an electrical storm, a Hell Diver team is deployed to a hostile zone called Hades. But there's something down there that's far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past - something that threatens the fragile future of humanity.

--Interesting world building. Book 1 of a series.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Today was a BIG Day

I retired today to become a Full-Time Author.

It is really kind of surreal.

It was three years ago today that I received the very first proof in the mail of my first novel, STILL FALLING.

So much has changed since then. Three more novels, four anthologies, a big pile of short stories and four Audible books.

There has been over a thousand blog posts in that three years. Book signings, literary conferences, newspaper interviews, the creation of Tannhauser Press and The Ventura Theater. So many projects, in so little time. It kind of amazes me all that I got done in addition to having a full time job with a long commute.

Looking back, getting my spine fixed, losing over 100 pounds, getting fit, writing book after book, raising two kids that are fully functional adult human being out on their own...

So now my dream has come true. I have all my time to do with what I will.

--Wow. I think I'm going to Drink Coffee and Make Stuff Up.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Images that Inspire

In my next novel the ship in the story is named: The Oxcart

It is based on this design.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Quotes of the Week

The hardest thing about being a writer is convincing your wife that lying on the sofa is work.
—John Hughes

One should not become an artist because he can, but because he must. It is only for those who would be miserable without it.
—Irving Stone

Don’t introduce 20 characters in the first chapter. Another rookie mistake. Your readers are eager to get started. Don’t bombard them with a barrage of names from four generations of the same family. Five names are enough to get started.
—John Grisham

Don't just plan to write – write. It is only by #writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.
—P.D. James

I do believe that tenacity counts. Not going away matters.
—Carole King

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
—Leonard Cohen

The whole joy of writing comes from the opportunity to go over it and make it good.
—James Salter

I dream my painting and I paint my dream.
—Vincent van Gogh

No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it, even if he doesn’t get paid.
—Irwin Shaw

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
—W. Somerset Maugham


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tuesday Tips: A good keyboard

I got a new laptop for my retirement. I may go into the specs in a later post but for this one I will discuss two things.

  1. It has a massive screen. Like 18 inches.
  2. The keyboard is full size and has great action.

If you are going to be writing full time do not underestimate the importance of a comfy keyboard.

It should not be work to press the keys. The keys need to provide feedback.

Find a good visibility one as well. I like backlit keys as well.

The basic idea is to remove the obstacles that keep you from writing or just slow you down.

---=Now Go write something!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Reading: Points of Impact

Last week I read POINTS OF IMPACT by Marko Kloos.

Here is the description from Amazon:


Humankind may have won the battle, but a new threat looms larger than ever before....

Earth's armed forces have stopped the Lanky advance and chased their ships out of the solar system, but for CDC officer Andrew Grayson, the war feels anything but won. On Mars, the grinding duty of flushing out the twenty-meter-tall alien invaders from their burrows underground is wearing down troops and equipment at an alarming rate. And for the remaining extrasolar colonies, the threat of a Lanky attack is ever present.

Earth's game changer? New advanced ships and weapons, designed to hunt and kill Lankies and place humanity's militaries on equal footing with their formidable foes. Andrew and his wife, Halley, both now burdened with command responsibilities and in charge of more lives than just their own, are once again in humanity's vanguard as they prepare for this new phase in the war. But the Lankies have their own agenda...and in war, the enemy doesn't usually wait until you are prepared. As Andrew is once again plunged into the chaos and violence of war with an unyielding species, he is forced to confront the toll this endless conflict is taking on them all, and the high price of survival...at any cost.

--Good stuff. Book 6 in the series. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Quotes of the week

One must be ruthless with one’s own writing or someone else will be.
—John Berryman

Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.
—Elie Wiesel

Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook.
—JANE KENYON

Without craft, art remains private. Without art, craft is merely homework.
—Joyce Carol Oates

Write one good clean sentence and put a period at the end of it. Then write another one.
—M.F.K. Fisher

There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
—Flannery O’Connor

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of suprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it.
—H.G. Wells

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
—Ernest Hemingway

Screenwriting is like ironing. You move forward a little bit and go back and smooth things out.
—P.T. Anderson

I think it’s important to leave spaces in a story for readers to fill in from their own experience.
—Annie Proulx—


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Political Correctness

I had a discussion with some writers this week about trigger warnings and concerns regarding offending readers. My feeling was simple.

Fuck that.

Some people are just wusses. It's not my job to protect them, to shield them from the harsh nature of the world. Some authors write specifically for that audience.

Fuck that.

It is my job to write a good story. If that means some of my characters curse, so be it. If one of my protagonists is a strong black woman, or a gay soldier, or god forbid, a white, straight protagonist, it is to advance the story.

Write a good story. An author cannot worry about not offending anyone.

--Just because you're offended doesn't mean you're right!

Monday, January 29, 2018

READING: Persepolis Rising

This week I read Persepolis Rising by James Corey.

This is the 7th in the Expanse Series.

Here is the description from Amazon:

AN OLD ENEMY RETURNS

In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship Rocinante have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace.

In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices. On the lost colony world of Laconia, a hidden enemy has a new vision for all of humanity and the power to enforce it.

New technologies clash with old as the history of human conflict returns to its ancient patterns of war and subjugation. But human nature is not the only enemy, and the forces being unleashed have their own price. A price that will change the shape of humanity -- and of the Rocinante -- unexpectedly and forever...

--Expanse is now a major television series.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Whispers...

I ordered a case of my new anthology, WHISPERS of the APOC. Half are gone already.




--Working on Volume 2 now!


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Quotes of the week

You build a novel the same way you do a pyramid. One word, 1 stone at a time, underneath a full moon when the fingers bleed.
—Kate Braverman

I don’t think writers should write about answers, I think writers should write about questions.
—Paul Haggis

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
—Stephen King

Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.
—Natalie Goldberg

To make a great film you need three things: the script, the script and the script.
—Alfred Hitchcock

Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
—Lawrence Kasdan

The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.
—Terry Pratchett

There are few things, apparently, more helpful to a writer than having once been a weird little kid.
—Katherine Paterson

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Gah! Tuesday already!

This whole retirement thing is complicated.

Lots of moving parts that are cutting into my routine.

Blogging seems to fall by the wayside early when stuff starts to happen!

I did binge watch season 2 of the Expanse! More on that later!

--Off to work!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Busy days, dammit.

It's Friday and there is a ton of things happening in Wilsey World currently.

Getting things wrapped up at work for retirement.

Working on my next novel, SHADOWS OF THE SENTINEL.

Working on the next Apoc Anthology, SILENCE OF THE APOC.

Working on a Sci-Fi short story submission that takes place in the Solctice 31 universe.

Setting up a new system for writing.

Working on the new Website.

--Making stuff happen.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quotes of the Week

Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.
—Khaled Hosseini

Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.
—C.S. Lewis

Really I'm just an actor. The only difference between me and those cats in Hollywood is that I write my own script.
—Jimi Hendrix

Desire suppressed finds its way into other more surreal things, into dreams.
—Susan Minot

If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.
—Natalie Goldberg

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up in your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.
—Jack London

I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the waste-basket.
—Ernest Hemingway

We all have time machines, don't we, those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward are dreams.
—H.G. Wells

Everything can nourish the writer. The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter...a book, a phrase learned.
—Ana├»s Nin

Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid. —Albert Einstein

You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day — so start writing.
—Shonda Rhimes

No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever.
—J.K. Rowling


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Blog Coming

I am having a new website developed that will include a new blog.

I hope the new unified site will be way better, but we shall see. This entire blog will be migrated over.

I will be a bit distracted for the next couple weeks...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Reading: Babylon's Ashes

This week I read Babylon's Ashes, The Expanse, Book 6, by James S. A. Corey.

Here is the description from Amazon: 

A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.

The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.

James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network.

But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny, and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante's problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.


--Love this series.


 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Silence of the Apoc


Tannhauser Press Call for Submissions.

This is the foundation document for the short stories in the SILENCE of the APOC anthology.

Here is a set of common items all the submissions must include:
  • The stories will be set after the Zombie Apocalypse has occurred. It could be the day it hit or a year later. It struck in the spring of 2017. The stories are from various locations around the world.
  • Society was utterly destroyed in less than a month. No government, no media, no power grid remains.
  • No one knows why or how it happened. None of the stories will solve that mystery.
  • Anyone that dies for any reason will become a zombie. The dead will turn Two to Ten minutes after they die, even if they were not bitten.
  • Zombies can only be killed with the destruction of the brain.
  • The zombies dry out and mummify the older they get. They will last potentially for decades.
  • Zombies hear and see and smell to find prey. It’s all they do.
  • They will eat any mammal they can catch. Cats, dogs, rats, cows, horses, deer.
  • Zombies get slower the older they get. Fresh ones can run and fight hard. Old zombies are shamblers.
  • Zombie bites will not kill you outright. You die in 24 to 48 hours. Symptoms include sweating, extreme thirst, eventually fear of water (like rabies: Hydrophobia).
  • These stories should be character driven and about survival. They are not stories the figure out how it happened.
  • Stories will take place in a variety of locations: Urban, suburban and rural. Even desolate places. The focus is on survival.
  • Stories should be 5,000 to 20,000 words.
  • Authors will be paid between $25 and $100 per story if accepted, with signed agreement.
  • All submissions are to be delivered in MSWord format. Garamond 12 will be used. Scene changes will be separated by “ *** ”.
  • SILENCE of the APOC will be Rated R.
  • Volume 2 and 3 are already planned so the deadline is continuous. 
--Please direct any questions to Martin Wilsey, martin.wilsey@gmail.com.

SCIFI Short: ARCH

Friday, January 12, 2018

Creativity: Photography

I am really getting excited about retiring from my day job. I will have time to step up several new projects. All of these projects fall into the creative category:
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Book Narration
  • Short films
I have already started with a local photography group. We will run it the same way that my writers group runs. We are getting together for the first time tomorrow for coffee. We will talk tools, cameras, software, methods and styles.

My first goal with the photo group is to get some decent author photos to use on my new website and in my books.

I plan on setting up a recording studio in my home where I will record the narration of my various short fiction and post them on a website that is set up like old style Science Fiction Radio theater.

--All of this will be done under the unbrella of Tannhauser Studios.  A subsiderary of Tannhauser Enterprises!